Ashes - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by ghdrk03
December 20, 2010
Could you tell me if fireplace ashes are goo for my compost pile? thank you. George

Answer from NGA
December 20, 2010
You can safely add about a cup of ashes to a 4 by 4 foot compost pile without harm. If you have more than that you might want to sprinkle them over your garden bed and dig them into the soil. You can safely add about 10 pounds per 1000 square feet of garden. More than that can upset the soil's pH.

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